As more and more companies publicly speak out against Republican-passed voter suppression laws in states like Georgia, GOP Congressman Dan Crenshaw of Texas described the actions of these private companies as "fascism" during an interview on Fox News.
GOP Rep. Dan Crenshaw compares corporations criticizing Republicans' voting restrictions to "fascism." https://t.co/f9ggouQ8ne— TPM Livewire (@TPM Livewire)1617885991.0
Fascism is defined online as "a governmental system led by a dictator having complete power, forcibly suppressing opposition and criticism, regimenting all industry, commerce, etc., and emphasizing an aggressive nationalism and often racism."
Crenshaw seemed unaware of that.
@FPWellman Everything is fascism to Crenshaw & his ilk - except the actual fascism they share seating with.— Adam Henry Carrière (@Adam Henry Carrière)1617856838.0
Dan Crenshaw thinks cancel cultural is fascism. https://t.co/ofp6ckqOOJ— Jake A Snider, Esq. 🇺🇸 (@Jake A Snider, Esq. 🇺🇸)1617884492.0
Dan Crenshaw uses the term 'fascism' like others within his party use 'socialism' and 'communism'. None of them hav… https://t.co/O6OTkYn9AG— Bryan 🇺🇸 (@Bryan 🇺🇸)1617882862.0
Twitter was quick to point out Crenshaw's lack of understanding.
Does Dan Crenshaw know what fascism is?— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project)1617852629.0
@Acyn "My name is Dan Crenshaw, and I don't know what the word 'Fascism' means."— Max Burbank (@Max Burbank)1617878185.0
Private companies speaking out against the actions of a government is, in many ways, the opposite of fascism.
This is unhinged. https://t.co/3HYYJoOv2E— David Corn (@David Corn)1617850355.0
@ProjectLincoln Dan Crenshaw couldn't pass a 4th grade history class. He thinks his tag words woke, cancel, fascism… https://t.co/W5FqBmhx80— Danielle Candela (@Danielle Candela)1617874411.0
@Acyn @cherylpesce1 @DanCrenshawTX either doesn't know what the word fascism means or, more likely, just knows that… https://t.co/5YDoCEf0Xx— Only The Truth (@Only The Truth)1617853851.0
On the program, Crenshaw claimed:
"In an attempt to what – this is what I call the phenomenon that that's going on, it's it's progressive fascism, because what is fascism?"
"Well, it's the regimentation of the economy, of society, and it's the forced suppression of your opposition. That's what's happening right now. The Democrats have successfully captivated the institutions, you know, pop culture, Hollywood, our education institutions and now our corporations into their own woke agenda."
Fascism is a far-right form of government in which most of the country's power is held by one ruler and nationalism… https://t.co/GyXKzmxPni— Alexander Marks (@Alexander Marks)1617889005.0
“Fascism” Meaning: A political philosophy that exalts nation and often race above the individual. An authoritaria… https://t.co/HCJUPJECdM— Karen Farber (@Karen Farber)1617854976.0
Republicans pass a law. Private companies don’t like the law, so they speak out against it. Republicans cry “fascis… https://t.co/CH6Z7Rm3hi— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1617851045.0
Crenshaw isn't going to find any sympathy about this "fascism" on Twitter.
Hey, @DanCrenshawTX This isn’t fascism. This is capitalism. This is corporations providing what their customer… https://t.co/XhKkH8FRXd— Keepit Real (@Keepit Real)1617928053.0
If one didn't know better, one might think that Crenshaw's problem wasn't with fascism or capitalism or really any particular idealogy. He and other Republicans just don't like anything that's between them and what they want.